2018 Year in Review – People

2018 Year in Review - People

Welcome back to our 2018 Year in Review! Today, let’s take a look back at some of the awesome people we told you about in 2018.


2018 Year in Review – People

2018 was an eventful year! We continued our most popular and longest-running series, Greek-American in Greece AND followed up with the person who’s interview led to the creation of the series. We introduced another series, “5 Minutes With…” a quick-read interview with someone of note. “5 Minutes With…” will move to video in 2019. There was so much more! Let’s take a look back at some of the awesome Greeks we met in 2018.

2018 Year in Review - People
We introduced you to more amazing Greeks in 2018. We’ll introduce you to more awesome Greeks in 2019!

Greek-American in Greece

Let’s look back at all the Greek-Americans in Greece we profiled in 2018.

Vasilis Kokologiannakis and Anna Maria Kambourakis of Chania Wine Tours
Vasilis Kokologiannakis and Anna Maria Kambourakis of Chania Wine Tours. With their genuine love for the island and huge hearts, we not only fell in love with the island, but also our tour guide hosts. IMAGE: CHANIA WINE TOURS

Greek-American in Greece: Meet Entrepreneur & Inventor Peter Kakoudakis [Q&A]

Meet L.A. native Peter Kakoudakis. Read more

Greek-American in Greece: Meet Maria Fragkou a.k.a. “Athena Marie” [Q&A]

Meet Entertainer, Maria Chryssanthi “Athena Marie” Frangos. Read more

Greek-Americans in Greece: Meet Anna Maria & Vasilis Kokologiannakis of Chania Wine Tours

Meet a Greek-American COUPLE who live and run a business Crete. Read more

Greek-American in Greece Follow-up: Kalamata-based Entrepreneur Perry Panagiotakopoulos

This summer in Kalamata, we caught up with Perry Panagiotakopoulos, featured in our very first Greek-American in Greece article. Read on to see what’s new. Read more

Greek-American in Greece: Meet Susan Krajniak [Q&A]

Meet Michigan native Susan Krajniak. Read more

5 Minutes With…

In our newest series, we caught up with Chicago’s new spiritual leader, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael. We also reconnected with Ellison Eyewear Founder Aristole Loumis, who had some incredible news to share.

In this Q&A, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael spoke candidly about the Listening Tour, youth, and more. Read more

5 Minutes with Aristotle Loumis of Marcus Lemonis Eyewear Group

Recently, we caught up with entrepreneur Aristotle Loumis. He spoke candidly about his journey, what’s next, and his partnership with Marcus Lemonis. Read more

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael with youth at St. Demetrios Chicago.
His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael with youth at St. Demetrios Chicago. IMAGE: HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN NATHANAEL OF CHICAGO

More people

Let’s recall some other amazing Greeks we wrote about this year.

Remembering Thanasis Maskaleris: Professor, Poet, Author

Apollo Papafrangou pays tribute to one of the Bay Area Greek community’s most iconic cultural heroes, ‘kalos anthropos’ Thanasis Maskaleris. Read more

How Greek-American Playwright/Actor Adam Kalesperis Bridges Cultural Gaps

Katie Copenhaver spoke with Greek-American Playwright and Actor Adam Kalesperis, revealing how he’s taken his talent abroad to show youth how the performing arts can help to shape their lives in positive, creative ways. Read more

Matina Psyhogeos: Passionate about Greek Education and Heritage [Q&A]

Educator Matina Psyhogeos is so passionate about Greek education, that she created her own signature program to teach it. Read more

Greek-American Patricia Kara Returns to CNBC’s ‘Deal or No Deal’

Greek-American Patricia Kara is back on CNBC’s ‘Deal or No Deal’. Learn more about #9, her Chicago Greek roots, and get some dish on the show. Read more

Greek-American Scientist Maria Spiropulu
Greek-American Scientist Maria Spiropulu

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, this past March we profiled some incredibly talented Greeks, all making their mark in their respective fields, and a women’s organization making a significant impact in Greece.

Women’s History Month: Maria Spiropulu – Greek-American Physicist

In this first in our series featuring several contemporary, trailblazing Greek women, meet Greek-American Physicist Maria Spiropulu, PhD. Read more

Women’s History Month: Greek-American Documentary Filmmaker Shelly Papadopoulos

Next in our celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Greek-American Filmmaker Shelly Papadopoulos, preserving SoCal’s Greek history, one doc at a time. Read more

Women’s History Month: Maria Kostraki – Greek Soprano

Welcome back to our series celebrating Women’s History Month! This time, let’s meet award-winning Greek soprano Maria Kostraki. Read more

Women’s History Month: American Women’s Organization of Greece (AWOG)

Continuing our series commemorating Women’s History Month, learn about the wonderful, important work of  the American Women’s Organization of Greece. Read more


Read more:

2018 Year in Review – Greek Books

2018 Year in Review – Lifestyle & Health

Read more in People

2017 Year in Review: Greek-American in Greece


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